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Chief of the Edge
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Chief of the Edge
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.50

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Chief of the Edge

A simple Warrior Lord, and a perfect two-drop in any B/W aggro deck. This will be a strong play in Mardu Constructed decks, no doubt, but I have doubts about its viability in an expanded format. Warriors are a common enough creature type, but usually in red and green. This is a black-and-white Warrior. White usually gets Soldiers, and Black's thuggish types are split among Warrior, Rogue, and Soldier. Of course, those two colors will get plenty of Warriors in Tarkir, because that's the Mardu's theme, but when Tarkir rotates out of Constructed, the Chief will find itself relegated to Modern and Casual formats, which will likely have better chiefs. Enjoy your B/W aggro in this block, folks, while you can.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 2
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 1.5 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Chief of the Edge
I have to say, I was a little surprised by the way Chief of the Edge was designed. Not in a mechanical sense; you could predict that a set whose flavor is inspired by the Mongols and other historical steppe peoples would have tribal elements. Rather, I was a little taken aback by the colors in its mana cost. Usually Warriors have been associated with red, and Soldiers with white. It also confuses between the Mardu and the Abzan for people who may not have the watermarks memorized, but that's a slightly different problem. Perhaps things will become clearer as more of the block is released.
As tribal cards go, Chief of the Edge is decent. The power bonus is pretty much in line with what we've come to expect, and it's marginally more efficient than usual. The best thing about it is probably speed - many lords cost three mana, and Chief of the Edge can thus sometimes steal a march even on other tribal decks. Don't forget to look back to Lorwyn block for cards like Stonehewer Giant (assuming you don't mind putting Lorwyn-style paintings next to modern digital-style "yaaaah sword raised!!1" paintings).
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Chief of the Edge which is a two mana Black and White 3/2 that gives other warriors you control +1/+0. This is a solid foundation to build a Black/White warrior build around and the theme could potentially gain traction in competitive formats as the block develops.  There are nineteen other Black and White warrior creatures in Standard currently plus several support cards, with the Black/Green Kin-Tree Invocation being of particular value.  A 3/2 for two is strong and the effect is useful, so it will see play and possibly help warriors reach the higher tiers.
In Limited this is a very solid creature for a deck using Black and White even without other warriors and it is an easy second or third pick in Booster.  For Sealed there is no reason not to include this when using the colors and any other warriors gain value for the potential offensive boost this offers.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Deck Garage
Chief of the Edge
A 3/2 creature for 2 mana is pretty good to begin with. Any other ability it has is a bonus. With a small group of warriors, this guy can be an important part of an aggressive deck. The only question to me is whether or not there are enough good black and white warriors to make a deck around this guy. Sometimes build-around cards like this make us want to play sub-optimal cards just to get full use of their special ability.
Also, with morph currently in standard, there are going to be an enormous amount of 2 power creatures running around that can stall your warriors in their tracks without some help. While those cards exist, that's just another piece you have to have to make this work.
Nitpicking aside, there's a lot of potential for the Chief. A 3/2 for 2 is still good.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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